May 28, 2024

India cracks down on sex-selection

Two sentenced in Mumbai

India is showing some signs of cracking down on sex-selection tests which allow women to abort baby girls. Two doctors have been jailed in Mumbai for three years for breaking the Pre-conception and Pre-natal Diagnostic Techniques (prohibition of sex selection) Act. Dr Chhaya Tated, a homeopath, used to see patients at a nursing home and maternity hospital run by Dr Shubhangi Adkar.

The sentencing magistrate said that they appeared to be respectable people but their crime was serious: “When such persons commit offences that are not only heinous but against the existence of the society, they are not entitled to leniency, because by their act, they have encouraged determination of sex of a female foetus to prevent such pregnancy”. ~ DNAIndia, Nov 2

Michael Cook